Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Review: The Barbarian Prince by Michelle M Pillow

eBook, 0 pages
Published October 5th 2010 by The Raven Books (first published May 2004)
ISBN 13: 9781452446592
Source: Publisher, for the purpose of an honest review
Genre: Sci Fi Romance (shifters & futuristic)
Stars: 4
Flames: 3

What a great world Ms. Pillow has created with this new series The Dragon Lords! It is about four brothers, princes, and the trials and tribulations they encounter on their way to a happily ever after.  All of the brothers meet their ‘life mates’ through a mail order type system where Earth women are invited to come to their planet which is mostly populated by men. There they participate in a ceremony where the men will or will not choose one of them for a bride.

The series starts with the oldest brother, Ualan of Draig and his lady love, Morrigan Blake.  She is an undercover reporter just trying to get an insider look at the whole system and royal family when she gets chosen to be a mate of Ualan.  Ualan chooses Rigan as his mate after his crystal glows when he first sees her. In his culture, the glowing crystal is proof that they have met their perfect mate.

I really enjoyed this book.  Rigan and Ualan are so funny.  They are constantly fighting and then making out and then fighting more.  Rigan doesn’t understand the pull that she has to Ualan and he doesn’t want to share too much because he is afraid he will scare her off.  I loved how they continue to dance around each other while their feelings grow over the course of a few weeks. 

Pillow does a great job of describing the world Ualan lives on in subtle ways that help the reader keep a picture in their heads.  I don’t read many books that take place on other planets so I enjoyed how seamlessly the descriptions were included so I never forgot that the book took place on a distant planet.

Overall I really enjoyed this book and I am very excited to read the rest of the series. All of the brothers and their wives are mentioned in this book so I think it will be interesting to go back and read the other stories from their perspective but over the same time period.

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